Thursday, July 18, 2013

Phil Jackson On Using Meditation And Mindfulness To Create Great Basketball Teams

As the winning coach with 11 NBA titles under his belt, Phil Jackson is considered one of the best basketball coaches the game has seen. As part of his legendary coaching, Jackson used some rather uncommon tactics to help create these championship teams -- tactics he shared with Oprah during an interview for "Super Soul Sunday."

The key concept behind Jackson's coaching methods, he says, was the idea of "one breath, one mind," a Zen principle he approached carefully with the Chicago Bulls. "I approached it with mindfulness," he tells Oprah in the above video. "As much as we pump iron and we run to build our strength up, we need to build our mental strength up... so we can focus... so we can be in concert with one another."
One way Jackson had his team practice mindfulness was through meditation. Oprah asks, "So, you would literally have the guys sit in stillness?"

"That's right," Jackson answers. "Taught them how to hold their hands, where their shoulders had to be, the whole process of being in an upright situation so you're not slouched... and they bought into it."  (MORE)

Source: Huffington Post

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